Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

Matanza means "slaughter" in Spanish and this fascinating documentary from Mallorca shows how it's done.

Pig killings are a part of life for lifestock owners there and here a narrator talks us through the process - from the cutting of the pig's throat to the preparation and eating of the meat.

"Nothing is wasted," says narrator Mateo - and he's right, with everything, including the small intestine and skin being used. As a snapshot of a culture, Helen Graham's film is an interesting one - though a word or two more on what the slaughter means to each family and community would have added to the overall effect.

Educative and compelling - but it might well put you off sausages for life.

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2006
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Documentary on the slaughter of a pig in Mallorca.

Director: Helen Graham

Writer: Helen Graham

Year: 2005

Runtime: 10 minutes

Country: Mallorca


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